New American Funding
Personalized Repayment Terms
Excellent Communication before, during and after the process
Self-employed mortgages, FHA, VA, Conventional
Online applications with quick results
During our journey process there were a few occasions that Communication was late in response.Information given or receiving wasn’t on point at times. This portion of the organization can be a little better.
By: Marcelle S
Wow! Kim did such a phenomenal job. I spent countless hours, days, and weeks seeing how her rates compared to the competition to find she is by far the best out there. Not only that, but Kim is kind, prompt, available, and informative. All of these things are qualities you want in your loan officer. I do not issue out reviews frequently, but wow does Kim deserve it! Thanks Kim!
By: Skyler L
This is our 3rd home purchase with Chris and multiple refis. We are treated very professionally and always prompt at getting our questions answered. We would highly recommend Chris to any of our family and friends!!
The process went smoothly and we got a better rate than anticipated!
We were referred to Bill Merren by a friend. We have had experiences with other individuals to either finance or refinance a home but I will admit Bill has been the easiest and most helpful through all our dealings. He made himself available through every step of the process. He took the time to answer all our questions and made us feel we were a priority. If I needed to go through this process again, I would not hesitate to reach out to Bill. Thank you Bill Merren .
By: Anthony L
New American Funding is a family-owned business formed in 2003 by husband-and-wife team Rick and Patty Arvielo. Since then, the company has grown from a 40-person call center into a nationally operated lender with 185 branches and $27 billion in loans serviced.
That puts the company among the industry leaders in production. New American Funding earned spots on the Scotsman Guide’s top mortgage lenders list for overall and retail volume in 2017.
New American Funding has made a particular effort to serve the Latino community. The company formed the Latino Focus Committee in 2013 to address the challenges Hispanic and Latino consumers face in their pursuit of homeownership. The committee serves the community through volunteer work and coordinating educational events for Latino Americans.
The lender is licensed in 48 states (the exceptions are New York and Hawaii) and Washington, D.C., and has branches in 34 states. New American Funding has loan officers in each of its 150 branches. The minimum credit score to be approved for a loan at New American Funding is 580, and the lender uses a manual underwriting process that allows for unique financial situations to be considered. The company offers loans for a variety of residential property types, including:
There are a variety from which to choose, whether you want to purchase or refinance.
For borrowers who want a personalized repayment term, New American Funding has created the I CAN mortgage. Borrowers with a FICO score of 620 or higher can use this program to pick a mortgage term between eight and 30 years, working around a borrower’s other financial goals, such as college planning.
I CAN mortgage customers work with a mortgage professional to determine a term that’s appropriate based on their budget and repayment goals for mortgages and refinances on their primary residence.
In addition, the lender offers self-employed mortgages. The income verification process for these mortgages includes a review of bank statements, tax forms, and profit and loss statements. The program is open to those who have been self-employed for at least two years.
How to apply. The first step in applying with New American Funding is to get a free, fully underwritten credit preapproval, which you can do online or by phone by providing information on your financial situation or allowing the lender to digitally access financial accounts. The company estimates that this takes anywhere from 24 to 48 hours. Once the application is processed and the information validated, the company can generally lock rates on demand.
Disclosure process. Loan documents and disclosures can be sent to borrowers quickly, via email if they choose or by mail. One of the reasons everything moves so quickly with this company is that instead of doing a simple pre-qualification, New American Funding does an underwritten preapproval, which means an underwriter reviews and validates your information. Because the company has its own processors and underwriters in-house, the funding process is also quicker.
Final approval. The company focuses on a preapproval rather than pre-qualification, so all the heavy lifting of verifying financials is done on the front end. So when the home is chosen, the offer is approved and the appraisal is ordered by the underwriter. Once that’s complete, and the offer is accepted, the company simply needs to update statements, credit and pay stubs for the time between the home purchase and the initial application.
Closing. Closing takes place wherever the state requires it and, when possible, with a notary at a location of the borrower’s choice.
New American Funding has an online dashboard that communicates verification and documentation needs with the borrower. The dashboard also allows for upload of documents and provides updates at various milestones. In addition, borrowers can choose to be notified via text, email or phone. As part of the company’s focus on positive customer experiences, a single loan officer is assigned as a main point of contact and is always available to the borrower, even after the loan is approved and funded.
Editorial Note: Parts of this article were reviewed by a lender to ensure accuracy prior to publication. The overall conclusions, recommendations and opinions are the author’s alone.